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Spirit of Assessment

May 5, 2008
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

As we await the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind legislation, schools are increasingly challenged to raise student achievement scores in response to the public’s demand for accountability. States, districts, and schools are instituting numerous standardized testing programs to comply with federal and state policies. Both time and experience has taught that feverish standardized testing does little to guarantee that students learning is occurring at higher and higher levels because of the instructional experiences their teachers provide to them every day. How can we utilize balanced assessment to increase the learning in the classroom? What information would benefit teachers and support more effective teaching? What might educational policy makers need to know and understand about assessment to forge policies that facilitate better teaching and learning in the classroom?


Learning Team Members:

Dr. Tom Buffett, Managing Director, Michigan Principals Fellowship & Coaches Institute, MSU
Ms. Jeanene Hurley, Human Resource Developer Specialist, MDE
Dr. Melinda Mangin, Assistant Professor, Educational Administration, MSU
Ms. Marilyn Roberts, Director of Special Populations Assessment, MDE
Ms. Virginia Winters, Consultant, Instructional Services, Wayne County RESA

Three Big Ideas about Assessment

  • How an assessment is used determines whether or not it is formative or summative.
  • Assessment to understand a student’s learning requires the use of multiple sources of data.
  • Teachers need time, skill, and knowledge to effectively use assessment data to improve teaching and learning.


1:00 -1:30 PM Introduction & Overview - Dr. Tom Buffett

Purpose: When we think about assessing student learning, what is it that our students experience? What needs to be transparent for students to succeed in their learning? Where does assessment fit it? At the beginning of your journey, you will experience assessment from the learner’s point of view. Since students are the reason schools exist, what‘s important for them to understand?

1:30 - 2:00 PM Policy Perspective on Formative Assessment - Dr. Don Peurach, Professor of Educational Administration, MSU

Purpose: What does our educational history reveal about how educators have traditionally thought about “measuring student learning?” In this segment, you will explore some of the assessment paradigms that have been held by the educational community and how new ways of thinking about assessment are impacting the way we teach our students.

2:00 - 2:30 PM Perspectives on Assessment - Dr. Melinda Mangin

Purpose: We turn our attention to what you shared with us about your knowledge, understanding and experience with assessment. We will take some time to reflect on our collective responses and engage in an activity that will facilitate your thinking about assessment in a variety of ways. Our premise is that how assessment is used will determine whether it is formative or summative. What might be the implications of that belief? Let’s explore!

2:30 - 2:45 PM Break

2:45 - 3:05 PM Video of Students Doing/Using Assessment - Jeanene Hurley & Marilyn Roberts

Purpose: The use of both formative and summative assessments demonstrates the important of the use of a balanced assessment system. Let’s take a look at how multiple users gain insight into what students are learning. How does assessment help the various stakeholders gain a perspective that allows them to participate effectively and powerful in the learning of all students? We will examine the types of information gained from assessment from multiple perspectives: teacher, student, parent, and educator.

3:05 - 3:30 PM School Leader Perspective - Jeanene Hurley & Marilyn Roberts
Collaborative Analysis of Student Learning - Kerry Dallas, Forest Hills School District

3:30 - 4:00 PM External Support for Schools & Teachers in Using Formative Assessments - Ann Mully, Assessment Consultant, WRESA

Purpose: How do external educational partners support the effective use of assessment in schools? In this segment, you will have the opportunity to explore how Wayne RESA supports and builds the capacity of teachers to effectively use assessment. The underlying premise is that teachers, who interact with children regularly, need the skills, knowledge and time to effectively utilized assessment data in order to improve instruction. Our guest speaker will share with you the developmental path taken to bring classroom assessment literacy and practices to all Wayne County classrooms.

4:00 - 4:30 PM Formative Assessment in Michigan & Other States - Marilyn Roberts

Purpose: As we grapple with the challenge and the public mandate to raise local, state, and national results in student achievement, how has Michigan and other states responded to the need to support the effective use of assessment. It’s important to explore what’s being done here and across the nation. We will take some time to get an update on the “assessment scene” and to make available to you resources for additional learning and exploration.

4:30 - 5:00 PM Application Exercise Dr. - Tom Buffett

Resource Persons:

Ms. Kerry Dallas, Teacher, Forest Hills School District
Dr. Don Peurach, Professor of Educational Administration, College of Education, MSU
Ms. Ann Mully, Assessment Consultant, Wayne County RESA

Resource Materials:

Building a New Structure for School Leadership, Dr. Richard Elmore
EPFP_Spirit of Assessment_May_5_Final.ppt

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Michigan Policy Seminar

State Capitol
Room 402/403
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Rooms 402/403 Capitol Building
Lansing, Michigan



9:00 AM Welcome and Overview
9:30 Brad Biladeau
Michigan Association of School Administrators
10:15 Chuck Wilbur
Senior Policy Advisor Governor’s Office
11:00 Senator Wayne Kuipers (R)
Senate Education Chair
11:30 Representative Tim Melton (D)
House Education Chair
NOON Lisa Hansknecht
Legislative Liaison Michigan Department of Education
12:45 Lunch
1:30 Bethany Wicksall
House Fiscal Agency
2:30 Senate Education Committee Room
Farnum Building (across from the Capitol)
3:30 Debrief and Adjourn


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Tough Choices or Tough Times? You Decide

March 10, 2008
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

Our nation is in the midst of a perfect storm, according to ETS researchers - and the forecast is grim - unless we invest in policies that will change our perilous course. This session explores in depth a radical, comprehensive approach to turn around America's future.


Learning Team Members:

Martin Ackley, Director of Communications, Michigan Department of Education
John Cloft, CPA, Office of Special Education & Early Intervention Services, Michigan Department of Education
Robin Dickson, Director of Innovation & Research, Michigan Virtual University
Kyle Geurrant, Supervisor, Coordinated School Health & Safety Programs Grants Coordination & School Support, Michigan Department of Education
Scott Little, Associate Executive Director, Michigan School Business Officials
Amy Scott, Curriculum Consultant, Eastern Upper Peninsula ISD
Erin Strang, Assistant Director, Business Innovation, OUIncubator
Mary Suurmeyer, Executive Director, CAUSE
Rose Zuker, Chief Accountant, Michigan Department of Education


Fellows will gain an understanding that action to reform our system of education is imperative.
Fellows will feel empowered to use their talents to realize change.


12:00 PM Lunch

1:00 PM Tough Choices: Ten Steps in Detail with Marc Tucker

2:15 PM Eric Reeves, General Counsel & Director of Public Affairs for


3:15 PM Exploring Implementation

4:00 PM How Can Everybody Win? Give a Shift!

Program Resources:

Eric Reeves, General Counsel & Director of Public Affairs for

Eric Reeves was a Democratic member of the North Carolina General Assembly who represented the state's sixteenth Senate district. An attorney from Raleigh, North Carolina, Reeves resigned from his chair after the (2003-2004 session) which was his fourth term in the state Senate. Reeves earned a bachelor's degree in history from Duke University in 1986 and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Wake Forest University in 1989. He was first elected to the State Senate in 1996 and served as co-chair of the Senate Information Technology Committee. He now lives in Texas and is the General Counsel and Director of Public Affairs for, a leading provider of software management tools for Educational Facilities.


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Michigan Merit Curriculum: Making it Work

February 25, 2008
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

The purpose of this session is to provide information that is focused on how to make the Michigan Merit Curriculum work for all students, particularly those who may have significant academic challenges.


Learning Team Members

Donna Hamilton, Education Consultant, Office of Professional Preparation Services, Michigan Department of Education
Flora L. Jenkins, Director, Office of Professional Preparation Services, Michigan Department of Education
Julie Lemond, Chief Academic Officer, Lansing School District


Fellows will be able to explain the rationale behind the Michigan Merit Curriculum.
Fellows will apply knowledge of changes to Michigan’s high school graduation requirements to curricular issues.
Fellows will synthesize new knowledge and use it to address program challenges and policy initiatives.
Fellows will demonstrate competence in completing a standardized assessment related to the Michigan Merit Curriculum.


12:00PM Lunch

1:00 PM

  • Goal: Review Why Michigan needed the new Merit Curriculum
  • Process: Power Point Slides tracing 3 major initiatives and Michigan’s Graduation Requirements

1:25 PM

  • Goal: Understand perceptions about a variety of stakeholders
  • Process: Distribution of “role” cards, create a story, role-alike groups and reporting out

2:10 PM

  • Goal: Provide an overview of various strategies for implementing the MMC
  • Process: Panel Discussion with Katie Wolf (Alternative Education), Matt Korolden (Special Education), Patti Cantu (CTE)
  • Virtual Field Trip
    • Brimley Area Schools
    • Engadine Consolidated Schools
    • Mackinac Island Public Schools
    • Superior Central Schools


3:30 PM

  • Goal: Understanding the reality of policy implementation
  • Process: Table Groups review a proposed program option or policy and note: pros, cons, consequences, policy implications

4:00 PM

  • Goal: Share what we know about policy
  • Process: Report out to the whole group

4:30 PM

  • Goal: Reality Check—Lansing’s Answer
  • Process: Fellows participate in a sample assessment

Resource Persons

Matt Korolden, Co-Director, Secondary Re-design & Transition, Michigan Department of Education
Katie Wolf, Executive Director, Michigan Association of Community & Adult Education
Patti Cantu, Director of Career & Technical Education, Michigan Department of Education (EPFP 2006-07)

Resource Material

Homework Assignment


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Who is Teaching Our Children? Developing Teachers for Local & Global Change

February 4, 2008
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

The purpose of this session is to examine the policy and process for getting teachers into Michigan classrooms. Our premise is that the current model for certifying and endorsing K-12 teachers is not optimal for producing the type of educators necessary for learners in the 21st Century economy. Using information from outside experts and our EPFP knowledge, we intend to develop recommendations for policy change at both the state and institutional levels.


Learning Team Members:

Sheryl Diamond, Special Education Policy Consultant, Michigan Department of Education
Andrew Rable, Supervisor, Special Education Support Services, Ingham ISD
Steve Stegink, Consultant, Office of Professional Preparation Services, Michigan Department of Education
Elisabeth Weston, Senior Consultant for Technology & Business Processes, Public Sector Consultants

EPFP Teacher Certification Awareness Survey
(Administered via online

1. What is the job of the teacher?
2. How should we qualify a teacher for that job?
3. Who has the authority to determine whether a teacher is qualified? (Check all that apply.)

  • Federal Government
  • Parents
  • School Administrators
  • State Department of Education
  • State Legislature
  • State School Board
  • Superintendent of Public Instruction

4. Other comments or questions about the topic.


1:00 – 1:15 Introduction and Review of Survey Results

Sheryl Diamond

1:15 – 1:45 Teacher Certification 101: How Teachers Become Teachers in Michigan

Krista Ried, MDE Office of Professional Preparation & Development

1:45 – 2:15 Consideration of Future Forces: Challenges and Opportunities in Michigan’s Teacher Certification Process

Steve Stegink

2:15 – 2:45 Education Policy Perspectives

Dr. Lee Rose, Professor & Department Chair, CMU

Dr. Sophie Jeffries, Coordinator of Teacher Preparation, LCC

2:45 – 3:15 Table Discussions

Elisabeth Weston

3:15 – 3:30 Break

3:30 – 4:00 Table Reports

Andrew Rable

4:00 – 4:45 Group Discussion of Policy Recommendations Team Members

Program Resources:

Professor Leonie (Lee) Rose, Ph.D. ,Chair, Department of Teacher Education & Professional Development, Central Michigan University

Dr. Leonie M. Rose is the Chair of Teacher Education and Professional Development and is a full Professor of Literacy Education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She is an advisor to students on the MA in Reading and Literacy K-12 and the undergraduate Reading in Elementary Grades minor. Her university committee memberships include service on the following: the Interdisciplinary Language Arts Council, the Professional Education Assessment Committee, the Interdisciplinary Education Committee, and the Academic Senate Committee on Committees. She has been Director of the CMU Summer Reading Clinic for fifteen years. Dr. Rose is a Past President of the Michigan Reading Association and remains active on the Board of Directors as the Parliamentarian, Committee Chair for Professional Standards, and as a member of the Legislative Committee. In 2001, Dr. Rose received the International Reading Association’s Outstanding Reading Educator Award.

Dr. Karen Adams, Dean, College of Education & Human Services, Central Michigan University

Ms. Krista Ried, Higher Education Consultant, Michigan Department of Education

Krista Ried is the Teacher Quality Coordinator in the Office of Professional Preparation Services for the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). She works with the U.S. Department of Education to meet the requirements of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) in regards to highly qualified teachers. She regularly works with administrators and teachers to meet state requirements for certification and highly qualified status. She also coordinates programs involving NCLB paraprofessional qualifications, directs the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Grants program and facilitates projects related to international education. Prior to her current position, she was an elementary school teacher, both in Michigan and in Illinois. She taught third and/or fourth grade for nearly 10 years before joining the MDE staff in 2003. Krista is a 2006-07 EPFP Fellow.

Sophie Jeffries, Ph.D., Coordinator of Teacher Preparation, Lansing Community College

Dr. Sophie Jeffries has served as the Coordinator of Teacher Preparation at Lansing Community College (LCC) since 2000. She also serves as the Coordinator of the CMU/LCC Elementary Education Program in Lansing. Prior to joining LCC, she was Assistant/Associate Professor of Foreign Language Education at Syracuse University, and the University at Albany, State University of New York. Dr. Jefferies is Past President and member of executive committee of the Michigan Association for Community College Educator Preparation (MACCEP). She earned her BA and MA from Michigan State University in French and her Ph.D. in Foreign Language Education from The Ohio State University.

Resource Materials

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